GQ recently released their list of the top 25 new American restaurants for 2014. We take a look at the top 10. See the full list here. Hungry for more suggestions? Hop on over to The Daily Meal’s 2014 edition of 101 Best Restaurants in America to see our favorite restaurants nationwide.
10. Nico Osteria, Chicago, Ill. — One Off Hospitality Group runs this Italian seafood eatery in Chicago known for its extensive “Crudo” menu complete with big eye tuna and spiny lobster.
9. Dover, Brooklyn, N.Y. — Brought to you by Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek, owners of the critically-acclaimed restaurant Battersby, this small eatery has an equally tiny menu but earns great reviews.
8. Orsa and Winston, Los Angeles, Calif.— This unpretentious Asian fusion restaurant by chef Josef Centeno has quite a lot of variety that can be sampled in either the five- or eight-course menu, including their well-known koshihikari rice.
7. Gunshow, Atlanta, Ga. —This casual and fun eatery by Chef Kevin Gillespie combines a “Brazilian BBQ place with dim sum.” Dishes are presented to diners on rolling carts, and the menu changes every week with a different theme.
6. Husk, Nashville, Tenn. — This downtown Nashville restaurant isn’t your typical Southern cooking joint. The premise of Husk is to mold Southern ingredients into unique, mouthwatering dishes like their Bear Creek Farm Beef with shiitake, brioche, and marrow jus.
5. King + Duke, Atlanta, Ga. — Sure there are plenty of casual eatery/grill joints across the nation, but here you can get slow-roasted lamb belly, thick-grilled swordfish, and duck breast with “the beefiness of steak.”
4. Carbone, New York, N.Y. — It’s the Italian restaurant that replaced Rocco’s you’ve probably heard quite a bit about. But it’s more than just $50 veal parm. Carbone, according to Richman, is the “best Italian restaurant of all time.”
3. Roe, Portland, Ore. — This small Japanese restaurant is quiet — mostly because, according to GQ — it’s hidden behind another seafood restaurant.
2. Trois Mec, Los Angeles, Calif. — This gem by Ludo Lefebvre, hidden inside a bland LA shopping center, is extremely tough to get into and offers an almost molecular gastronomical experience.
1. Qui, Austin, Texas — Asian cuisine and Texan flare come together at Qui, the number one spot according to Alan Richman, where the adventurous can try pig blood stew made with mushrooms and gnocchi.